Tuesday, June 20, 2017

1998 Pro Baseball Stickers / 1998 프로 야구 스티커스

This post has been a long time coming because I picked up these stickers months ago. For those of you may not know, foreigners were first accepted into the league in 1998, so this may very well be the first appearance of them on any Korean sets. I do not know of any card sets in 1998, so the first actual foreigner cards appear in the 1999 Teleca set.

These are mini stickers that measure 6cm (2.36") on the long side. This complete set list is numbered to 289 but because some player stickers are paired with the same number, the set is actually 304 stickers. I uploaded the set, checklist and stickers (I have) to tradingcarddb.com here.

Each team has about 32 players, including any paired players. There are also five different symbols on some of the stickers. I am not positive what they mean but I can fathom some guesses. Those guesses are under each sticker image below.

I believe I'm missing some star players who may be on some of these variations. I will update this list as necessary.

Base stickers - These make up the majority of the set. The player image, name (in Korean) and team logo
are represented.

Backs - Each back has a baseball term in Korean, such as hook-sliding and double header, and all look the same.
Because the shiny stickers are made of a foil, the backs are darker and the sticker stiffer.

Shiny stickers - I believe these might represent the best player on the team. Because of the foil material used to
make this sticker, the backs are generally darker and stiffer. These stickers are not paired players and are one
per team, so there should be eight in total.

Dae-Jin Lee
Byung-Kyu Lee
Jae-Hong Park
Hyung-Gwang Joo
Haitai Tigers
LG Twins
Hyundai Unicorns
Lotte Giants

Gold Stars - Like the shiny, I think these also represent stars on the team but these are paired stickers,
with the exception of #289.

Soo-Keun Jung
Min-Ho Kim
Soong-Yong Lee
Kwang-Lim Kim
Ji-Chul Park
OB Bears
OB Bears
Hyundai Unicorns
Hyundai Unicorns
Lotte Giants

Green Baseball - I believe these are for the best pitchers

Jung-Soo Kim
Kang-Chul Lee
Joong-Sik Park
Sang-Yeop Kim
Myung-Hwan Park
Sang-Jin Kim
Woong-Chun Cho
Min-Tae Chung
Haitai Tigers
Haitai Tigers
Samsung Lions
Samsung Lions
OB Bears
OB Bears
Hyundai Unicorns
Hyundai Unicorns

Yellow Bat - I believe these are for the best hitters

Ho-Sung Lee
Hoon-Jae Choi
Jae-Hyun Kim
Jae-Hak Sim
Joon-Hyuk Yang
Dong-Joo Shin
Dae-Ik Kim
Eung-Kuk Kim
Haitai Tigers
Haitai Tigers
LG Twins
LG Twins
Samsung Lions
Samsung Lions
Lotte Giants
Lotte Giants

Blue Glove - I believe these are for the best defensive players.

Ji-Hyun Yoo
Myung-Suk Cha
Won-Hyung Kim
Sung-Bo Shim
LG Twins
LG Twins
Ssangbangwool Raiders
Ssangbangwool Raiders

Foreigners - There are a total of 10 foreigners in this set:

Mike J. Anderson
Scott Baker
Jose Parra
Tyrone Woods
LG Twins (coach)
LG Twins
Samsung Lions
Samsung Lions
OB Bears
Edgar Caceres
Scott Coolbaugh
Joel Chimelis
Mike Busch
Doug Brady
OB Bears
Hyundai Unicorns
Hanwha Eagles
Hanwha Eagles
Lotte Giants

Monday, May 1, 2017

2005 Hanwha Team Set

Although it is not complete, I was able to pick up this mostly complete 2005 Hanwha Eagles set. What's interesting about this set is that the names on the back are spelled in English but also have Chinese below the English names. I have yet to add this set to the Trading Card Database. I also noticed an error. All the player cards list 2005 as the year but the mascot/checklist card says 2005 on the ball in the upper right but at the bottom in the title of the set it shows 2000. The checklist seems to match the player cards for the 2005 roster so I will go with that.

I picked this up on a Korean blog café where Koreans buy, sell and show off what they have. I paid ~$20 and have some doubles even though the set isn't complete. Unfortunately I'm missing the fan favorite and KBO star Kim Tae-Kyun. The seller mentioned this was a commemorative set with the team's practicing in Japan. There is a checklist card with the Eagles mascot on the front and some unnumbered cards which have veterans and rookie cards.

Kwon Yung-keun (권영근) - base numbered card

Checklist with mascot

김인철 (Kim In-Chul) - unnumbered veteran

Yang Hoon (양훈) - unnumbered rookie

Friday, April 28, 2017

KuboTen package received!

I made multiple purchases on KuboTen the last few weeks and had them shipped together. They arrived yesterday (super fast too, 2 days?) and here are the pictures.

All together I think I bought 93 cards and about 58 are different.. all Lee Seung-yeop cards. My plan is to submit these to PSA for a Master Set Registry. BBM, Calbee, Konami, and Yomiuri Giants. I don't believe I have any Owners League in this shipment. When I saw the large envelope I wondered what was inside. I didn't realize the folder was a folder, I thought it was a card so I was a little bummed but it's a cool piece to have.

Ryan, over at This Card Is Cool, is helping me acquire more Lee Seung-yeop cards, and I, helping him with Korean cards.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Lee Seung-yeop statue

I've been putting this off for some time but I finally purchased the Lee Seung-yeop statue that's been for sale for maybe two years now. I paid W59,000 won (~$54), a bit pricey, but that's what it costs. Initially I thought it was a bobblehead so I was surprised to realize it wasn't when I opened the box. It comes with a detachable stand. The likeness is one of the best I've seen in any statue/bobblehead. It's beautiful and well-detailed.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Added Lee Seung-Yeop cards

I've scanned and uploaded new Lee acquisitions to the Lee Seung-Yeop page. I am in the process of adding more cards to the PC using Buyee, KubeTEN and Noppin.

2004 BBM Marines Soul of Marines #SM13
2004 Calbee Newcomer #098
2004 Calbee Opening Game #OP-2
2005 Calbee #100
2005 Konami Baseball Heroes #B05W159
2005 Konami Baseball Heroes #B05S044
2005 Konami Baseball Heroes 2 #B06S044
2006 Calbee Top Player #TP20
2006 Konami Baseball Heroes 2 #B06S044
2007 Calbee #196
2007 Calbee Opening Game #0P-2
2008 Yomiuri Giants Players Day
2009 BBM 1st Version #238
2009 Yomiuri Giants Players Day
2010 Owner's League #008 Black
2010 Owner's League #008 White
2011 Owner's League #055 Black
2016 SMG Ntreev Baseball's Best Players - Forever Ace Gold Kira #SA002
2016-17 SMG Ntreev Super Star Black Edition #001-SS

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Nicaraguan (Correos '95) 1995 Korean Baseball Championship stamp set

I bought these on ebay last year for about $35USD and they appear readily available. These would look cleaner but my scanner needs to be replaced.

These were released by Correos of Nicaragua in 1995. All eight teams of the KBO in '95 make up this stamp set with 9 stamps per team (8 players, 1 mascot). For each team, players make up the outside border and the mascot is in the middle. The players name is in full Korean as well as the family name and first two initials in English. At the time of this post I have forgotten to scan the back. I will include one later. On the bottom of the sheet it says in Korean, Korea Pro Baseball (한국프로야구). The photos are of games played in Korea, during the season I'd assume.

I may consider breaking up a team set to get a player graded by PSA (maybe Jong-Beom Lee, Min-Tae Chung or Ki-Tae Kim). I have a Mattingly Grenada stamp graded so hopefully they will grade these as well. I will even see if I can add this to TCDB but I have a feeling it's not allowed since these are stamps. I added the checklist for this stamp set to TCDB located here. It is listed under Oddball (as is the Grenada), not Korean League.

Haitai Tigers
해태 타이그즈

Dong-Yeol Sun
Jong-Beom Lee
Jung-Soo Kim
Sung-Han Kim
Kang-Chul Lee
Gae-Hyun Cho
Sang-Hoon Kim
Soon-Chul Lee

Hanwha Eagles
한화 이글스

Jong-Hoon Jang
Yong-Duk Han
Kang-Don Lee
Ji-Sang Park
Min-Chul Jeong
Jin-Woo Song
Jung-Gil Kang
Dae-Sung Koo

LG Twins
LG 트윈스

Dae-Hwan Han
Yong-Su Kim
Ji-Hyun Yoo
Yong-Bin Seo
Jong-Ho Park
Sang-Hoon Lee
Dong-Soo Kim
Jae-Hyun Kim

Lotte Giants
롯데 자이언츠

Hak-Gil Yoon
Dong-Hee Park
Hyung-Kwang Joo
Eung-Kook Kim
Jung-Tae Park
Pil-Sung Kong
Jong-Suk Yeom
Min-Ho Kim

OB Bears
OB 베어스

Myung-Soo Lee
Chul-Soon Park
Hyung-Suk Lim
Kyung-Won Kim
Jong-Suk Kim
Tae-Hyung Kim
Hyung-Suk Kim
Sang-Jin Kim

Pacific Dolphins
태평양 돌핀스

Kyung-Won Jung
Kyung-Ki Kim
Hong-Jib Kim
Min-Tae Chung
Byung-Won An
Duk-Gyu Yoon
Sang-Duk Choi
Dong-Ki Kim

Samsung Lions
삼성 라이온즈

Jung-Il Ryu
Sang-Yeop Kim
Sung-Rae Kim
Bong-Chul Dong
Ki-Woong Kang
Choong-Sik Park
Joon-Hyuk Yang
Tae-Han Kim

Ssangbangwool Raiders
쌍방울 레이더스

No-Joon Park
Kyu-Jae Cho
Ki-Tae Kim
Won-Hyung Kim
In-Ho Baik
Sung-Ki Park
Kwang-Lim Kim
Jin-Suk Park

Monday, March 6, 2017

Noppin Japanese Card Order

I just received my first order of Japanese cards from Noppin (dba Crescent Trading), a Japanese "middle man" company who places your bids and ships to you. I think you would need a Japanese Yahoo! Auction account which I don't think non-Japanese can get, otherwise I would attempt this myself.

When using this site, and others like KuboTEN, who I am awaiting an order from, they charge you 1000JPY (~$10) per seller you buy from. So if you want seven cards from seven different sellers, you are paying $70 off the bat. The good things is that they will hold all your packages and ship them all at once so you can save on shipping. These sites require you to deposit money ahead of time to bid on items, similar to COMC, and I use PayPal. Since they are in Japan, they charge you JPY (Japanese Yen) which is less than the U.S. dollar at the moment so I make a little more on the exchange; unlike my more important monthly exchange from Korean Won to US dollars.

I decided to take photos of the packaging received from Noppin. I ordered 17 different Seung-Yeop Lee (이승엽) cards from different sellers. Keep in mind, you have to go by the pictures unless you can read Japanese, which I can not, though I use bad Google translator for assistance. The auction sites also use the translator so you don't have to cut and paste everything to a translator, but it may not always give you what you need. I decided to pay the $14 to ship via EMS instead of Air Mail.

In this order, I received two Yomiuri Playing Day cards of Lee with the Giants which are packaged inside a Giants postcard, some Calbee, BBM and Konami. I did read on one of the auctions that it said the card was dirty, but it was cheap so I bought it anyway. Upon closer inspection, the holographic card has surface smudges that can't be removed so I probably won't submit it to PSA but will look for a new copy.